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TRADITION OF MAYHEM - Curated by Marna Hill
September 16 – October 17, 2013
I was born in Mannheim, Germany. After my graduation from the Institute for Art and Design in Cologne, I immigrated to the USA. In 1972 my husband Don and I moved to Gualala from the Bay Area. I had always painted while also being consumed by a career in commercial art. The move helped me to completely give up the lucrative business side of my life and to finally paint full time. I used watercolor as my painting medium for almost 20 years (partly because of the toxic nature of other media), returning to my first love, oil painting, when my studio was completed in 1991.
Years ago I believed that art should be serene and peaceful as a contrast to our turbulent times. This philosophy slowly changed, beginning in the mid-eighties. Because of my concern about the future of all living things on earth and man's involvement in causing that fragility, I feel obligated and challenged as a thinking human being and as a painter (just as a writer might) to produce works with social, political and or environmental relevance. My intent is to create work that is beautifully and academically executed in order to seduce the viewer into a longer gaze, making room for a dialog as to its meaning.
I recently finished a large painting which consists of 70 individual panels, the "Icarus Project", and have begun work on a new series of paintings, which combines monochrome grisaille colors with international language.